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General Homebrew Discussion / Sharing my blog post FYE
« on: March 02, 2013, 06:32:52 PM »
Just sharing my blog post about my first all grain for your enjoyment, should you choose.

Had to shorten the url because the original contains the b word which is filtered out.

Kegging and Bottling / Polyclar 10 and bottling
« on: February 15, 2013, 02:22:19 AM »
I made an Irish Red that had vigorously fermented (so much so that it pushed the lid on my bucket into a dome) and I suspect finished yesterday.  I pulled a sample to test gravity tonight.  I have hit all my numbers spot on, so I am happy.  I tasted the sample and it was good except for the mega-butt-ton of yeast still in suspension; not unexpected, but the yeast (WL Irish Ale) completely dominated look, smell, and taste.

I know the vast majority of yeast will settle, and between now and then the yeast character should be history; But, I want this baby to be as clear as possible.  I am considering using Polyclar 10 in my secondary for 48 hours before bottling, but concerned about losing all of my available yeast for bottle conditioning (not yet invested into kegging).

Here is the $25 question: Can/should I harvest yeast from the fermentation bucket, wash and repitch after racking off (essentially repitching into my bottling bucket with my conditioning sugar) the Polyclar?  Is this too ambitious/risky?  Is this unnecessary/dumb?

Thanks, all.

General Homebrew Discussion / Fine particulate matter in suspension
« on: January 25, 2013, 09:22:19 PM »
Hi all.

I am new to homebrewing and have a quick question which I have not been able to find a good answer for.

I have an otherwise good brew (hit all the marks, tastes good) chilling (literally) in my closet.  I brewed without any finings.  After primary racked and dry hopped with pellets.  They have broken apart over the past week and now I can see a billion hop particles floating around.

I don't mind the haze, and I don't mind some bottle traub.  What I don't want is a crap load of hops leaf in every mouthful.

I have some mesh bags that would catch bigger particles but let yeast pass.  I was thinking about boiling, soaking in my starsan solutions and then putting on the end of my siphon hose when racking to bottling bucket.

Good idea or bad?

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